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The Embassy

The Embassy's main objective is to further cement the amicable bilateral ties between Ethiopia and the United Kingdom, which date back to 1903.

The Embassy carries out official diplomatic activities and serves as a vital resource for Ethiopians in the United Kingdom as well as partners and friends of Ethiopia.

H.E. Mr Teferi Melesse Desta

Ambassador Teferi Melesse assumed his post in London in September 2020.

He joined the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993 and as a career diplomat, has served at diplomatic missions to the People’s Republic of China in Guangzhou (Consul General 2018 – 2020); in Brussels, Belgium (Minister Counsellor 2010 – 2014); Harare, Zimbabwe (Chargé d’Affaires 1999 – 2000); in Geneva at the United Nations as Chargé d’Affaires in 1998 and Consul General between 1994 and 2001.

In between, he was assigned to various posts within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as Director General, Public Diplomacy and Communications (2016 – 2017); Minister’s Chief Advisor on Capacity Building (2014 – 2016); Acting Director General, Public Diplomacy and Communications (2008 – 2010); Director-General, Ethiopian Expatriate Affairs (2001 – 2008) and Counsellor, Press, Information and Documentation Directorate General (1993 – 1994).

Teferi Melesse Desta holds an MA in Literature (1994) and a Bachelor of Arts in Ethiopian Languages and Literature (1986), both from the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

  • Previous Ambassadors

    H.E. Mr Fesseha Shawel Gebre (2019 – 2020)

    H.E. Dr Hailemichael Aberra Afework (2016 – 2019)

    H.E. Mr Berhanu Kebede (2006 – 2016)

    H.E. Mr Fisseha Adugna (2002 – 2006)

    H.E. Dr Beyene Negewo (1999 – 2002)

    H.E. Dr Solomon Gidada (1992 – 1999)

    H.E. Mr Teferra Haile-Selassie (1985 – 1992)

    H.E. Mr Ayalew Wolde-Giorgis (1977 – 1985)

    H.E. Mr Zaudie Makusia (1976 – 1977)

    H.E. Lieutenant-General Iyassu Mengesha (1970 – 1976)

    H.E. Mr Gebre Meskel Kiflegzy (1966 – 1970)

    H.E. Mr Haddis Alemayehu (1961 – 1966)

    H.E. Lij Endalkachew Mekonnen (1960-1961)

    H.E. Mr Emmanuel Abraham (1956 – 1960)

    H.E. Mr Abebe Retta (1949 – 1956)

    H.E. Mr Belata Ayele Gebre (1942 – 1949)

    H.E. Dr Worqneh C. Martin (1937 – 1942)

Prof John Struthers

Professor John Struthers was appointed Ethiopia’s Honorary Consul for Scotland in April 2015. He is the Director of CAREED – the Centre for African Research for Enterprise and Economic Development – at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). John helps establish links between the Embassy and Scottish academia, business and the political establishment, encouraging trade, investment, education and skills transfer between Scotland and Ethiopia. One success has been the commencement in Ethiopia of a geo-thermal project supported by Glasgow University.

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The Departments

Public Diplomacy and Communications

Responsible for coordinating the Embassy's media relations, promoting Ethiopia's image in the United Kingdom and facilitating educational partnerships between higher learning insitutions in both countries. The Public Diplomacy Department is the first port-of-call for all media enquiries.

Mr Mekonnen Amare - Minister

Diaspora Engagement

Responsible for coordinating the Embassy's engagement with the Ethiopian diaspora in the UK. The Department encourages the Diaspora to engage with Ethiopia, culturally, economically and through skills and knowledge transfer initiatives.

Ms Roza Yerukneh - Minister Plenipotentiary
Mr Getachew Meseret - Second Secretary

Economic and Business Diplomacy

Responsible for coordinating the Embassy's trade and investment activities and promoting Ethiopian tourism. The Department assists with enquiries from businesses that are looking to expand, or initiate, their activities in Ethiopia and works to increase trade relations between Ethiopia and the United Kingdom.

Mr Araya Geberegiziabher - Minister Plenipotentiary
Ms Workaferahu Aklilu - Minister Counsellor

Consular & Visa Department

Responsible for issuing formal documents such as passports, laissez-passers and visas and for formalising documents. The Department has jurisdiction over the United Kingdom: England, Wales, Scotland and North Ireland.

Ms Tsehay Tadesse - Counsellor

Administration and Finance

Responsible for overseeing the smooth running of the embassy and for all matters related to finance, both internal and external.

Mr Eshetu Yimer - Counsellor
Mr Amanuel Alemu - Minister Counsellor
Mr Mesfin Woldeselassie - Counsellor
Mr Ermias Asmare - Minister Counsellor

Political and Economic Affairs

Responsible for strengthening the political and economic relations between Ethiopia and the United Kingdom.

Ms Fortuna Dibaco - Minister Plenipotentiary
Ms Nardos Ayalew - Minister
Mr Dimru Bekele - Second Secretary

Employment Opportunities

Work at the Ethiopian Embassy in London

Information on current vacancies and how to apply.

How to Find Us

The Embassy is located on Princes Gate overlooking Hyde Park on Kensington Road.


17 Princes Gate, Knightsbridge
London SW7 1PZ

Embassy Opening Times

Monday to Friday
09:00 - 17:00

Consular Opening Times

Monday to Friday
10:00 - 16:00